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Paul Walker’s Daughter Sues Porsche Over Actor’s Wrongful Death

The investigation by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and California Highway Patrol concluded that it was unsafe speed and not mechanical problems that caused the fiery November 2013 crash that killed Paul Walker and his friend, Roger Rodas. However, 16-year-old Meadow Rain Walker believes that her father could have survived the crash if the Porsche Carrera GT Walker's friend was driving had what it needed to prevent the vehicle from bursting into flames.
Paul Walker and his only heir, Meadow Walker 1 photo
On November 30, two years ago, at approximately 3:30 p.m., Walker and his close friend Roger Rodas, 38, left an event for the actor’s charity Reach Out Worldwide for victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the race driver’s red 2005 Porsche Carrera GT. The sportscar crashed into a concrete lamppost and two trees on Hercules Street, in a 45 mph (72 km/h) speed zone near Kelly Johnson Parkway in Valencia, Santa Clarita, California, after which the vehicle burst into flames.

Security camera taped the fiery car accident. Authorities determined that Rodas was driving the car, while Walker was the passenger. Both victims were declared dead at the scene. According to the Los Angeles County coroner’s office, the driver died of multiple traumatic injuries, while the Fast and Furious star died from the combined effects of traumatic and thermal trauma. In other words, the regretted actor burnt to death. Meadow: my father could have survived the crash
The wrongful-death suit claims the car lacked a proper stability control system and safeguards to protect occupants and keep it from catching fire after a collision, according to AP. Moreover, while investigators said the Porsche was going up to 94 mph (151 km/h), Meadow claims the vehicle was traveling at a lower speed - 63 to 71 mph (101 to 114 km/h) when it went out control.

According to Paul Walker daughter’s suit, the German automaker failed to include a control system in the Carrera GT model Rodas was driving, even though other models have it. Meadow says the automobile lacked proper reinforcements in its doors and used rubber fuel lines that didn’t break free to prevent a fire in a crash.

These accusations are similar to another suit filed by Rodas’ widow, Kristine Rodas, that is currently pending in a federal court in Los Angeles.

 
 
 
 
 

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